Do you suffer from extreme redness on your face and in particular around the nose or cheeks? If you haven’t then there is high you know someone who does. This can be irritation and if left untreated it may lead to someone having low self-esteem. It is common for people to use the term Couperose and Rosacea interchangeably when addressing this condition. This is because they are similar on some level and the difference between the two is technical rather than substantive. This article seeks to clearly define Couperose skin, skin Rosacea, and the difference between the two.
What is Couperose skin?
Couperose is a chronic disorder of the skin and it is characterized by the reddening of the skin This is because the blood capillaries near the skin have dilated blood cells and thus it displays the bright red color on the skin. The redness is visible because the blood capillary walls have weakened. It is easily identified because the skin will appear flushed and in particular areas around the nose, cheek, and neck.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a long-term disorder that manifests itself on the skin around your face. It can be characterized by pimples, swelling of the face, small & superficial dilated blood vessels, and redness. These symptoms can be prevalent on either the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin area. The jury is still out on what exactly causes skin Rosacea but some activities or foods have been proven to worsen the situation. Some of the things that can worsen this condition include exercise, heat, alcohol, steroid creams, spicy food, unmanaged stress, menopause, cols, or sunlight.
Difference between Couperose and Rosacea
A technical difference between the two conditions is the fact that Couperose is caused by the loss of elasticity in your skin and this causes dilated blood vessels to appear. Rosacea on the other hand is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can not be treated but the severity can be reduced with medication such as doxycycline, tetracycline, metronidazole, and minocycline.
With Couperose disorder, the blood flow dilates the capillary vessels and it cannot return to its original state. With Rosacea condition, it causes the patient to experience hypersensitive skin and a thickened skin tissue. It also causes the patient to experience itching, burning and stinging.
The common symptoms of Couperose are characterized by skin experiencing dryness, redness, and sensitivity. The common symptoms of Rosacea are characterized by pustules, rashes, and papules. This is an easy way you can differentiate between the two skin disorders.
People with Couperose are likely to experience the above symptoms on the nose and cheeks. On the other hand, people with Rosacea are likely to experience the above conditions around the T-zone area (forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin).
You do not need to worry yourself if you have Couperose skin or Rosacea. All you need to do is find a dermatologist around you and you will be guided on what to do. With the right medication, you can easily overcome this medical challenge. If you must use skin care products then it is important to choose products that are less likely to irritate your skin.